Technique Tuesday: One Sheet of Cardstock Mini Book

Welcome to our very first technique article. This technique was inspired by some scrapbooker’s who were tired of wasting cardstock to create smaller embellishments, albums and cards. It always seemed there was extra leftover, and they wanted a new way to create without waste. Who knew there was actually a way to create a fabulous looking mini album using only one piece of cardstock?

These make a terrific Mother’s Day gift for mom’s and grandma’s, or Father’s Day gift for father’s and grandpa’s.

One Sheet Mini Book

What you will need:

  • 1 Sheet of Cardstock
  • Cardstock and Patterned Paper Scraps
  • Embellishments
  • Photos

Step 1: Take your sheet of cardstock and fold it in half and crease well. Open it, and then fold it in half the other direction. See photograph for how it should look when you open it all the way.

Step 2: Cut ONE 6”x6” square from the top left corner.

Step 3: This is your book. You need to fold the top flap down (see photo) and then the left flap across the book to close it. (see photo)

Step 4: Using your photographs and your embellishments and any patterned paper or other scraps, you can now decorate the book. You will decorate the cover, and then when you open the book up, you will have four 6”x6” squares to decorate. Depending on what you want to do with the book, you will need to decide if you want to decorate the back cover. If you plan to adhere it to a scrapbook page, leave the back blank and apply adhesive to it. If you plan to use it as a card, you can decorate the back or leave it back, but if it is designed as a stand alone mini book you might wish to decorate the back cover too.

Nicole Humphrey writes articles for the Scrapbooking Blog and for the Frugal Blog. She also guest blogs on a variety of topics. You can read more of her articles by clicking here.

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